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four march giveaways!

four march giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea

This month’s giveaway features the Texture-Graphix Collection by In The Beginning Fabrics. Each giveaway bundle includes 11 fat quarters—from Chalk to Speckle Black (value $30 each).

The handsome fabric collection, designed by Jason Yenter, combines a neutral palette with three textured patterns.

Pairing Texture-Graphix with Laurie Shifrin’s quilt pattern, Antelope Run, creates a stunning bed-sized (74.5″ x 74.5″) quilt. The design of intersecting shapes, with the tonal range from light to dark, says “modern, but not too modern!”

To participate in the March giveaway for a Texture-Graphix FQ Bundle, answer this question in the Comment Box below: What new quilting skill are you hoping to learn next?

HOW THIS GIVEAWAY WORKS: The March 2017 giveaway drawing will be held at midnight PST on March 31, 2017. Okan Arts Giveaways are open to US residents (sorry to my Canadian and international friends), 18 and older, void where prohibited. One entry per person. Four lucky winners will be chosen with a random number drawing for the four FQ Bundles. The winners will be notified within 24 hours. Each winner must respond within one week of notification or her/his giveaway will be forfeited. A list of Okan Arts giveaway winners can be obtained at any time from Okan Arts. Thanks for participating!

To visit In The Beginning website +click here

To visit Laurie Shifrin’s website with her quilt patterns and a cutting guide for the pictured quilt +click here

Thank you In The Beginning Fabrics for the donation of these Texture-Graphix FQ bundles!

This is an unsponsored giveaway with no compensation given to Okan Arts.

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167 comments to “four march giveaways!”

  1. Karen Friedrichs says:

    I am still trying to master FM quilting!

  2. Sheila says:

    I am intrigued by some of the more organic quilting techniques to create landscapes or (gulp!) perhaps even a portrait of some kind…experimenting with curves, more fusing/raw edge ‘piecing’ as a place to start…a very different direction than my norm to date. Color me excited!

  3. Deb W says:

    I am working on my needle turned appliqué. It may take the rest of my life because I started with an all silk project.

  4. Denise says:

    I’d like to try creating a wall hanging from a picture of a Heron and friend sent me. Lots to think about-

  5. Alice Ronne says:

    I am hoping to work on applique skills. Something that can use to enhance my handwork. I recently started doing sashiko so I am hoping to incorporate the two. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Janice King says:

    I will be working through the new book on modern quilting with a walking foot.

  7. Trudi Rammelkamp says:

    I’m hoping to concentrate on two color quilts. I guess that would be working on value.

  8. Robin Shilman says:

    Curves, I have been shying away from them, but I love the look.

  9. folksmith says:

    beautiful fabric. thanks for the give away.

  10. Vivian Perry says:

    Hi Patricia. I’m determined to overcome my fear of appliqué this year. I think I’ll enjoy it once I get started.

  11. Dorothy says:

    I would like to learn to create realistic animal,collages.

  12. Linda Jackson says:

    I want to learn to combine fabric painting and machine quilting.

  13. Jackie says:

    I’m trying to perfect hand piecing

  14. Susan Zakanycz says:

    I want to learn how to improvisational quilting.This fabric is really nice.

  15. Susie Wolcott says:

    Mastering miniature quilts.

  16. Joanne says:

    To stop procrastinating and just get sewing! Is it a new quilting skill? I think so, because it is something that I need to do to get quilting again.

  17. Emily Klainberg says:

    Mastering free motion quilting!

  18. Rachael says:

    I have only completed a few quilts from start to finish and I did straight line quilting on them; hopefully soon I will be brave enough to learn more intricate quilting styles

  19. sgrancio says:

    I want to keep moving forward with purposeful improvisational piecing.

  20. Barbara Kampas says:

    A local historical society is having a miniature quilt challenge, which I decided to enter. I wanted to learn English paper piecing for this quilt. I chose to work with 3/4″ hexagons and started the process using reproduction fabrics. I needed more fabric options and was pleased to learn that many of my Japanese taupes blended beautifully as did a fabric I have had for more than ten years, which works beautifully to create a quilt I have entitled ‘Garden Path.’

  21. Gail says:

    I hope to learn to use the stitch regulator on my domestic sewing machine so I can quilt some of my own projects.

  22. Barbara Hume says:

    The skill that eludes me is machine quilting. Despite classes and gadgets, my progres is painfully slow. As stubborn women do, I will keep trying.

  23. Susie Q says:

    Next skill should be paper piecing.

  24. Janie M says:

    I would love to learn how to coordinate fabrics.

  25. Mary O. says:

    Machine quilting is something I would like to excel at doing. I need to practice more. Thanks for the giveaways!

  26. Cheri Searles says:

    I am wanting to learn Sashiko.

  27. Emily T. Breclaw says:

    Oh, these are lovely!!!! I’m hoping to learn how to hand-piece 12 pointed stars so the center comes out neat. I fell in love with a quilt picture I saw from the Tokyo festival, and am trying to emulate it. My hand-piecing skills are no match for the the Japanese master quilters!! I would welcome any tips or recommendations of blogs!!

  28. Kae Eagling says:

    How to promote a quilt exhibit nationally. This is the new skill I want to learn and be successful at this year.

  29. Mrs. Plum says:

    My goal is to learn ruler work on my sit down domestic sewing machine. I have the rulers, and the foot, and need to practice. Thank you for the giveaway!

  30. Karen Addleman says:

    I’m wanting to work on piecing curves.

  31. soozi says:

    i want to work on small scale precision piecing…once the block gets smaller
    than 3″ i tend to have problems with accuracy…doing the 365 challenge, and
    it is a challenge for me!

  32. Chris says:

    I am trying to learn to use rulers with my midarm. It is a challenge to say the least.

  33. Jerie Clark says:

    I plan to try a landscape wall hanging using tiny bits of fabric covered with tulle.

  34. Marilyn Waite says:

    Working on design for lap quilt with stripes and circles using my yukata fabric!

  35. Daisy Rae says:

    Reverse applique – yes I know I should know how to do it but have never tried it!!

  36. Louisa lawson says:

    Ruler quilting work

  37. Gale Johnson says:

    I have been quilting for more years than I care to count. I have always put off learning how to applique – so that’s the next thing on my list.

  38. Katie Howe says:

    I would love to learn needle turn applique.

  39. jackie says:

    love love love the quilt!!!!

  40. jackie says:

    going to try to learn to do curves

  41. Mary D says:

    I want to practice making abstract artistic quilts. I love the look of using color strips to create artistic quilts.

  42. Janet Schayer says:

    I would like to learn new techniques for free motion quilting. I rely on stippling too much

  43. Sue Smith says:

    I starting to learn embroidery. It can add so much to a quilt.

  44. Dottie Yearout says:

    I’m continually working on FMQ. As long as there is a line or pattern to follow I do great but I keep faltering if there is not. I have so many quilt tops hanging in the closet waiting to be quilted even rhough I have a wonderful sit down longarm.

  45. Shirley Whitcomb says:

    I want to tackle improv quilting this year. This quarter bundle would be a good place to start. Thank you for this opportunity.

  46. Janet Wright says:

    I guess I would like to learn more about design quilts–which is why I show up at your retreat every year. Getting a handle on it–but need more confidence and tips.

  47. Hester Tinti says:

    I am trying to perfect my paper piecing skills. I’ve done some simple blocks, and hope to progress to blocks with more complex designs.

  48. Ali says:

    Hi – I am hoping to learn how to do textured painting on quilts – want to add another dimension to my projects!

  49. kathy Jurevicius says:

    I’m hoping to refine my skills in deciding the best quilting to enhance my art quilts.

  50. Betsey says:

    I want to do more walking foot quilting, a la Jacqui Gering. I love her work.

  51. Quilting Tangent says:

    Free motion quilting!

  52. Sabrina van-Ginkel says:

    I hope to learn paper piecing next.

  53. Jane says:

    I still struggle attending to the VALUE in my quilts—color is somehow easier. Want to concentrated more on value. This group of fabrics looks like just the ticket—thanks for drawing my attention to these!

  54. Deb Y says:

    Paper piecing; as an art student (back in the 90’s) I created one 8 1/2″ paper-pieced square (spiral log cabin—I think) for a color class final. Once was enough for me until recently. I was watching an episode of Fons & Porter on PBS that had a beautiful paper-pieced quilt. After watching how it was done, it got me excited to try it again.

  55. Shelly Burge says:

    I’m interested in experimenting with a variety of fabric dyeing techniques. I love the spontaneity of creating dyed fabrics. I think these neutrals could blend beautifully.

  56. Michele says:

    English Paper Piecing is a mystery to me… I’d love to learn this technique.

  57. Mary says:

    I am studying shades and tints. I want to work with Monocromatic pieces and maybe the complements.

  58. Angela Short says:

    Actually I just started sewing here while back. I have made a couple lap quilts and working on others. So, to answer your question, I’m hoping to just learn all I can about sewing and quilting. It’s all pretty new!! Good luck everyone in the giveaway!!!! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  59. Karen M says:

    So many things! I want to work on my free motion quilting skills. And also to incorporate some fabric I block printed (made in a class with Valori Wells).

  60. Karen Hootman says:

    I want to learn to be proficient at paper piecing.

  61. Ages Burke says:

    after completing my doodle piece, look forward to practicing hand quilting

  62. Kristi Willard says:

    I’m trying to dye Radiance fabric and make a quilt with it. Since it is half silk, it is pretty slippery.

  63. Pam says:

    What gorgeous fabric! I love everything that In the Beginning Fabrics produces! The quilting skill I would like to work on is free motion circles. Mine still look a little wonky. Thanks for the great giveaway and thanks for your beautiful blog!

  64. reedhjohnson says:

    I am working on quilting with rulers on domestic machine

  65. Carol W says:

    Embellishments! I want to get artsy and embellish my quilts; I get ideas but can’t carry them out; hmmm, maybe a little fear factor and a little time factor are part of the problem.

  66. mzjohansen says:

    Swoon! What lovely fabrics!
    Oddly enough I seem to be re-discovering ‘the elegant art in simplicity’ . Perhaps that is not such a departure since my first inspirations for quilt making were Amish designs.
    My recent focus has been using textural fabrics simple shapes. It amazes me how texture can make an
    exciting design element – even using only white or cream color fabrics (which I would never have done before!).
    These fabrics would be a delight to use in that fabric in that endeavor!

  67. Barbara says:

    What a lovely giveaway! The next skill I’m hoping to improve on is quilting. I really like piecing so much better than the actual quilting. I’d love to learn to love quilting just as much.

  68. Cara Lamb says:

    I want to learn more and better ways to put letters and words onto quilts. Screen print? Raw edge appliqué? Paint?

  69. Becky says:

    I’d like to get better at sewing quilts with curves. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  70. Teri says:

    Hoping to get brave and start free motion quilting on my home machine.

  71. Robin Wallace says:

    I would like to learn how to do curves.

  72. Patty Simmons says:

    I’m working on a series of cityscapes. I’d like to learn more about using different values to create depth.

  73. Connie Wood says:

    I am interested in learning free motion quilting.

  74. Betsy says:

    I am starting a fabric/quilted/ multimedia collage…..I did a simple one many years ago and am looking forward to this again….it will feature a photo from a trip to Ireland with my sister….and will be a gift for her…if all goes well.
    And I love the palette and textures in the give away….perfect for the geometrics I am also interested in. thanks.

  75. SANDRA L ELLISON says:

    I’m hoping to learn how to insert narrow curved lines.

  76. Suzanne Caflisch says:

    The new quilting/sewing skill that I’m hoping to learn this month is improv curves!
    I’m looking to get myself “out of the box” so to speak, what a better way than sewing circles!!!
    Love you guys,

  77. caltexgal says:

    I want to “learn” how to do improv piecing!

  78. Ruth Sears says:

    I am hoping to develop skills in embroidery to add to my quilt blocks.

  79. Mara says:

    I’m still struggling with FMQ on my little sewing machine so I will continue to work on that before adding a new quilting skill to learn.

  80. Dionne Matthies-Buban says:

    I would like to continue to improve my hand applique skills.

  81. Alice Brody says:

    I want to improve my free motion quilting skills, always a struggle for me.

  82. Pam J Cope says:

    Working on hand piecing and hand applique. It really takes a lot of practice!

  83. Cher Gellman says:

    I would like to learn English paper piecing. Like the idea of piecing by hand rather than machine.

  84. Pat says:

    I want to improve my machine quilting skills

  85. Lolly Schiffman says:

    I am working on understanding elements of design better so that I can create my own unique quilts

  86. Marilyn Goebel says:

    turned edge machine applique

  87. Ms Sam Nicholson says:

    I would like to figure out paper piecing for quilts, it stumps me every time.

  88. Sandy says:

    I have worked with black and grey gradations for years, and these look delicious. What I want to do next, apart from more dying, is to learn to paint fabric well. I have tried several times and I think I’m getting better!

  89. Deb M says:

    I’m extremely interested in using foundation paper piecing for my next project!

  90. Barbaraben says:

    I would like to be more comfortable with curved piecing in my projects.

  91. Linda Williamson says:

    I would like to try Improv quilting using various types of fabrics and colors.

  92. Martha says:

    Free Motion Quilting with out fear!

  93. Heidi says:

    I have large curves on my mind lately! Thank you for the lovely giveaway, the bundle is stunning with Antelope Run!

  94. Rochelle Summers says:

    I have so many items on my list of things to try. I’d really like to try a Judy Neimeyer quilt. Thank you for the opportunity to win. Love this color bundle and the Antelope Run quilt.

  95. Boo Grandma says:

    I want to learn all the ins and outs of thread painting. Beautiful fabrics.

  96. Jeanie Low says:

    I’m learning to pace myself and work in smaller units.

  97. Sallie says:

    Wool appliqué and quilting.

  98. Gin Ruddy says:

    I’m working on improving my sewing of curves!

  99. cynthia rosner says:

    I would like to learn English paper piecing. I feel the urge to do some hand work.

  100. Kathleen Flanagan says:

    I have just learned to quilt with my walking foot!!!

  101. Linda Fleming says:

    I’m going to make the Antelope Run quilt. It’s made with 4 extra-large log cabin blocks using 2.5″ and 1.5″ strips so it will require some careful cutting and piecing to ensure the shape and size of the blocks.

  102. Allison M says:

    I’m working on a quilt for my first baby!

  103. Mary Burger says:

    I’m learning to quilt on a Statler Gammill and looking forward to working on curves in the October workshop.

  104. Miep Jager-Schiphorst says:

    I would hope to learn to work more organic, no ruler work.

  105. Nancy says:

    curved piecing.

  106. Vivian Roop says:

    I would like to improve my machine applique’ skills .

  107. Judy kilian says:

    I would like to use these blues in a curves

  108. Kathy says:

    i would like to learn how to design my own fabric

  109. Wendy Hill says:

    Just hoping to quilt the last gigantic quilt on my little home sewing machine without needing shoulder therapy…

  110. KarenScribner says:

    Stop trying new quilting techniques and finish something I have started!

  111. Cherie says:

    Hand quilting, on a small project at first

  112. Barb Snider says:

    I would love to win the gray bundle. Just beautiful!

  113. Lu Peters says:

    I would like to tackle pictorial quilts. Thank you for the generous giveaway!

  114. Stephanie Cauley says:

    I just took a ruler quilting class-so much fun! Now I just need oodles of practice 🙂

  115. LilyBee says:

    I’m taking a class to learn the art of Sashiko, and its various design usages, in my quilting hobby.

  116. Ann Hudson says:

    I would like to learn to free motion quilt on my sewing machine.

  117. Nancy says:

    I hope to get back to quilt making and quilting after a year long hiatus…enjoy receiving your email, thanks for all the news.

  118. Nancy says:

    My focus right now is using texture, value and line to convey what’s in my head through a pieced quilt..

  119. Michelle says:

    Various photo transfer techniques

  120. Myra Ramos says:

    I have a long way to go in learning free motion quilting.

  121. Janet Steele says:

    Needle-turn appliqué is so much nicer than machine appliqué. I want to learn to do it flawlessly.

  122. Veronica H says:

    I hope to use these for piecing words. I want to make quilted hanging with messages.

  123. Andrea Bursaw says:

    My learning curve MUST include this needle applique. For 20 years I have neglected this skill (but it must be integrated with chiku-chiku.)

  124. Jeanne Theodore says:

    I have 10 years of Asian fabrics which I am trying to showcase in a quilt. Quite challenging since design dictates size. Would like to begin to include more curves with the rectangles and squares.

  125. Laurel Sutton says:

    free motion topographical map quilting

  126. Janice Smith says:

    I am struggling to improve my ruler quilting.

  127. Michelle D says:

    Im planning to face my fears and practice machine quilting on my domestic machine so I don’t have to take small quilts To my long-arm quilter! THANKS for the wonderful giveaways!

  128. Lottie says:

    I want to develop greater skills with free-motion quilting… not as easy as it looks!

  129. Carol Capelle says:

    Love this fabric! I am trying to be better skilled at my machine quilting!

  130. I’m attempting a more modern quilting style, lots of straight lines, angles, and heavily quilted negative space. A very new direction for me!

  131. jenny says:

    IM REALLY Hoping to learn how to love the act of doing my own machine quilting. Hoping once I change my attitude, the process will be more enjoyable!

  132. marty thompson says:

    Am hoping to learn how to approach curves

  133. Kathy Weyenberg says:

    I am interested in learning to machine quilt.

  134. Meg says:

    I am trying the fusible web application of fuzzy cut items half in the square, the other half in the sashing

  135. Jerry Turner says:

    Next on list is piecing a square into a fabric – cut square from fabric 1, cut square hole in fabric 2, piece fabric 1 into fabric 2. Sound simple, huh?

  136. Diane Johnson says:

    Fusibles are confusing to me and I am going to seek the perfect edge for my fusible pieces which does not fray.

  137. suzie Peterson says:

    time management…getting started i

  138. Patricia Evans says:

    I really want to learn to be more comfortable with free motion quilting on my longarm, I mainly do pantos at this time.

  139. Joyce Calhoun says:

    I want to learn more about machine appliqué. Thank you for having the giveaway.

  140. Doni Boyd says:

    I hope to learn organizational skills for HOBBIES like quilting! More about Modern Quilts, and maybe how to clone a ‘gal Friday’ to help me!! Tee-hee! doni @ Oregon coast

  141. Mariana Foliart says:

    working on free motion quilting. Oh what fun!

  142. rhoda says:

    I want to learn more about decorative stitching

  143. Barb Jenson says:

    I want to learn to piece curves.

  144. Floreine says:


  145. Lynn Haia says:

    Improv Quilt making. 😉

  146. Donna says:

    Abstract design and improvisational piecing are on the horizon!

  147. Amy Loar says:

    I would llke to learn how to machine quilt feathers in a quilt border.

  148. Ellen Wong says:

    Creating great minimalist quilts – less is more!

  149. Lynn Damewood says:

    I want to give ruler work on a domestic machine a try

  150. ka-ren lipchik says:

    I want to learn trapunto to add to my quilt designs.

  151. Jamie S says:

    English paper piecing

  152. Melanie Kerns says:

    I’m moving away from traditional quilt designs to the contemporary ones that I can create on my own.

  153. Tesi Vaara says:

    I want to make collages of old family photos and make my own silk screens of the photos.

  154. Shari Harrison says:

    The skill I will work on this year is FINISHING! I hope to complete one UFO each month. Along the way I’ll work on piecing skills, hand appliqué and embroidery, and maybe some modern style hand quilting. I’d love to win one of these bundles – the textures are luscious!

  155. Cate says:

    I am working on color theory. Lots of beautiful colors in your collections!

  156. Amy H says:

    Low-immersion dye methods using natural dye sources from my garden and kitchen. Would like to streamline my method to be able to do several yards of cotton quilting fabric at a time.

  157. Linda McLaughlin says:

    I need to improve my curves, sewing curves that is.

  158. Michelle Beach says:

    What amazing “colors” that i don’t usually use! I’d love to use some of these in a quilt I’m designing with love and nature in mind, for my daughter. thanks for sharing!

  159. Kathy E. says:

    It is on my goal list for 2017 to learn to make a hexie. From what I’ve read, it’s addicting and I’m thinking I won’t stop at just one!

  160. Cathy Hayes says:

    Cathy Hayes I would like to learn paper piecing, and curves in 2017

  161. Fran Ferrell says:

    I’d like to add some curved piecing skills to my toolbox!

  162. Kitty says:

    I will soon be taking a class to learn Sashiko. Thanks for the giveaway!

  163. Lisa B says:

    I would like to try paper piecing

  164. Regina Thomsen says:

    It is my desire to learn machine quilting on my home sewing machine! The fabrics shown would be a broad canvas to machine quilt and would allow great freedom of imagination with designs! Thank you.

  165. Ray Burke says:

    I am working on learning and using my long arm quilter to finish my quilts.

  166. Laura says:

    I am interested in doing more abstract work than in the past.

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